by • March 2, 2014 • New York, Travel, USAComments (1)1729

Boozy Sunday Brunch in Brooklyn

One Sunday morning in New York we woke up to our coldest day yet. It wasn’t the temperature that was tear-jerking at -8 or so but the wind. Oh Lord, the wind on this day. We started it slow with steaming cups of tea in bed looking out over our fire escape onto 48th. We made it outside by about 11am and headed to Brooklyn for brunch. When we emerged from the subway at Marcy Avenue and I felt that icy cold blast I hestitated in anticipation of the few blocks we had to walk to the restaurant.


That journey was the coldest I was in New York and have possibly ever been, including when it snowed and hit -16 in the coming days. The wind {THE WIND!!} propelled us forwards and when I spotted our destination, Brooklyn institution Pies ‘n’ Thighs ahead of us I exhaled with relief… until I noticed all the people waiting outside.


We ducked our heads in and the waitress told us it would be about a thirty minute wait for a table. There’s often a short wait for a table in New York, especially for brunch, and really I was relieved it wasn’t longer. We settled in for the wait only to hear our our name called after a fifteen or twenty minute wait. We went inside and I had read online that the seats at the back of the restaurant were the best ones but given the busyness that day I didn’t want to be difficult. Lo and behold, our waitress showed us through the restaurant and we were guided right toward the back and seated in a booth that would have to be one of the best seats in the house.


Southern home style soul food is the business here. After we sat we ordered two mimosas and a shandy and they arrived quickly. We ordered a sausage biscuit to share and by the time that arrived I was half way through my first mimosa, had thawed out and was in a thoroughly good mood. I am no connoisseur of soul food and my previous biscuit experiences are few and far between but this biscuit was incredible.

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I’ve read that other patrons have had issues with the service at Pies n Thighs. I would have to say our waitress was not as overtly keen as many others we’ve encountered in the US but the service was still leagues better than what we’re used to in Sydney.

Let’s talk about the spotlight dish, fried chicken. I had the chicken and waffles. The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and just completely delicious. The two pieces of chicken came with buckwheat waffles, cinnamon butter and sour cherry poached pears. I’ve never had a dish like this before and it did not disappoint.



After brunch there was no way any of us were still hungry but I had to try a slice of pie. I mean, how do I know when I am going to make it to Brooklyn again?

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After much deliberation we sampled the apple pie. Lovely flaky crust with a just right dollop of whipped cream on the top. We sat back and finished our mimosas with lazy smiles on our faces. Pies n Thighs was all I hoped it would be and filled to the brim with southern comfort. It instantly made the New York, Next Time list that’s been in effect since about our second day in the big apple.

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Pies n Thighs
166 S 4th Street

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